Eugene-Springfield Fire Merger Complete

EUGENE, Ore.– A big day for the cities of Eugene and Springfield. Eugene and Springfield Fire Departments fully merged into one entity on Monday. It’s a process that has been years in the making. In 2007, Eugene Fire Chief Randy Groves and then Springfield Fire Chief Dennis Murphy began bringing the two organizations together. “We … Continue reading »

Fireworks: Sales, Crackdown & More

EUGENE, Ore. — Monday is a big day for fireworks. Vendors will start selling them all across the state of Oregon, and the Eugene City Council will vote on whether or not to impose restrictions on their use. In 2013, fireworks were to blame for 31 injuries and 197 structure fires in the state, and … Continue reading »

Family Escapes House Fire, Loses Pets

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene family is displaced after a fire destroyed their home overnight on Monday. It happened on the 1500 block of North Park Avenue, a little before 2 a.m. Firefighters say the fire started in the garage. They say flames were shooting out of the garage and quickly spread throughout the home, … Continue reading »

Volunteer Firefighters Helping Kids

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Volunteer firefighters at the Locke Fire Station in Corvallis each donate 170-200 hours a month of their time to the community. It’s a profession that means long hours and hard work. The paycheck? A love for helping people. “I did a ride along in Eugene,” said volunteer Justin Lewis. “And they ended … Continue reading »

Philomath Fire Approves Rural Annexation

PHILOMATH, Ore. — An annexation recommended Monday could provide fire protection for rural Benton County families. The Philomath Fire and Rescue Board approved a recommendation to annex a small part of an area known as the Greenberry Gap. The area hasn’t belonged to a fire district in five decades. There are about 500 buildings, including … Continue reading »

Fire Protection for Benton County

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Officials in Benton County are seeking to provide formal fire protection to a rural area south of Corvallis. The area is called Greenberry Gap–27,000 acres of mostly farmland that falls outside the boundary of any rural fire protection district. For the first time, Benton County is considering annexation of a two-square-mile neighborhood … Continue reading »

Councilors Support Fire Contract

SUTHERLIN, Ore. –   City Council voted Monday night to support its contract with Douglas County Fire District 2. Councilors also asked the city manager to look into putting a measure on the November ballot that would annex Sutherlin into district two. At least one city councilor had pitched breaking the contract for fire protection and … Continue reading »